vs. 13-14 Paul writing to the Philipians
Brethern, I count not myself to have apprehended; but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Paul, does not allow himself to become content with things the way they are, the status quo. He does not consider himself to have attained a position so holy that he can rest awhile.
We have to ask ourselves…do we allow our hearts to rest content with yesterday’s service to our Lord? Are we resigned to the present measure of grace? Or do we press ever forward as a runner in a race to win, or as a soldier who is fighting to win the battle?
Just as a runner who runs to be the first one to the finish line,
we too as children of God should be running with perseverance towards our finish line…The Arms of Jesus.
As a good soldier of Christ we must endure hardship, endure affliction, and suffer trouble, that we might grow stronger in our faith, stronger and more passionate in our resolve to follow hard after God, and more passionate in our love toward God.
None of this can be done in our own strength, but only by the power of God in our lives.
Running in a race or fighting in a war, requires commitment and dedication. Total participation is not optional…it is required.